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Education Benefits

Tuition Remission

After four months of active full-time employment, American University offers tuition remission for eligible employees, spouses and same-sex domestic partners at American University and Wesley Theological Seminary.

What's Covered

  • Tuition for eligible courses taken at AU and Wesley Theological Seminary.
  • A maximum of 8 credits per semester.
  • A maximum of 20 credits per academic year.

What's Not Covered

  • Some courses are not covered
    (a list of ineligible programs is available on the myBenefits site).
  • Application, exam, or matriculation fees.
  • Course or lab fees.
  • $50 administrative fee.

What's Taxed

  • Tuition on graduate level courses
    Taxation can significantly reduce your take-home pay. Use the Symmetry® calculator to estimate your net (take-home) pay if you will be taking courses that are subject to taxation.*

*The Symmetry calculator is only meant to provide general guidance and estimates about the payroll process. It should not be relied upon to calculate exact taxes, payroll or other financial data. It may not match your American University results precisely and is not intended to provide tax or legal advice. You should consult with a professional advisor or accountant to address your specific concerns.

Education Benefits for Dependent Children

American University offers educational benefits for dependent children including:

  • AU Dependent Tuition Scholarship - tuition remission for full-time regular or provisional enrollment in a degree program at American University or the Wesley Theological Seminary. Provisional status is only covered for 1 year; at the end of that year the child must be considered a full-time student in a degree program in order to continue the benefit.
  • Tuition Exchange - tuition remission at another institution participating in the Tuition Exchange, Inc. scholarship program.
  • Cash Grants available for dependent children of faculty and staff hired before July 1, 1995 and employed continuously since in a full-time position.

Employee Eligibility

  • Must be a full time faculty member or full time staff member, AND
  • Have at least two years of continuous, full-time employment with the university as of September 30 for fall enrollment, or January 31 for spring enrollment.

Child Eligibility

  • Will be enrolled as a full-time student in a program leading to a generally recognized degree at a University within the US;
  • Initiated full-time study prior to his/her 21st birthday; and
  • Claimed as a dependent on tax return.

Dependent Education Benefits Workshop, AY 2019-2020


Fall 2019 Tuition Remission Application Due August 30

Are you planning on attending courses this fall at AU? Learn more about AU's tuition remission benefit and review the workshop slides.

Online applications must be completed each semester that you would like to receive tuition remission.

Apply Online

American University Tuition Remission for Full-Time Faculty & Staff

Apply for Tuition Remission by Friday, August 30

Submit your online tuition remission application by 8/30. Applications are due each semester you plan to take classes.

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